Part of an old map of the San Jacinto area from the Texas Revolution

Veteran Bio

Texian Location:  Participant

The Kemp Sketch

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GALLAHER, EDWARD--Born in Belfast, Ireland in 1813. At the age of fourteen he ran away from home and came to the United States. In applying for land in Austin's Second Colony, Mr. Gallaher stated that he had emigrated to Texas in 1827. On May 21, 1827 he received title to one-fourth of a league of land situated north of Turtle Bayou. On January 25, 1838, he was issued a Headright Certificate for three-fourths of a league and one labor of land by the Brazoria County Board.

Mr. Gallaher was a member of Captain William H. Patton's Company of Columbia Volunteers at San Jacinto and on July 6, 1838, was issued Donation Certificate No. 424 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. On June 19, 1838, he received Bounty Certificate No. 3888 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from March 1 to May 29, 1836.

Mr. Gallaher, a Catholic, was married to Nancy Rector, daughter of Rev. Morgan Rector, a Methodist circuit rider, who came to Texas from Tennessee. Mr. Gallaher died in about 1868 and Mrs. Gallaher in 1872. The two are buried in unmarked graves in the Gallaher cemetery one and one-half miles south of East Bernard, Wharton County. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Gallaher were Stephen, who married Emma S. Bledsoe; Joseph, who died young; James who married Ann Damon of Fort Bend County; Mentor, who married Sally Stuart of Wharton, and Fannie Gallaher.

Written by Louis W. Kemp, between 1930 and 1952. Please note that typographical and factual errors have not been corrected from the original sketches. The biographies have been scanned from the original typescripts, a process that sometimes allows for mistakes in the new text. Researchers should verify the accuracy of the texts' contents through other sources before quoting in publications. Additional information on the veteran may be available in the Herzstein Library.

Battle Statistics

  • Died in Battle: No
  • Rank: Private
  • Company: Capt. David Murphree

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Gallagher, Edward A.
  • Date of Birth: 1813
  • Birthplace: Ireland, Belfast
  • Came to Texas: 1827
  • Date of Death: 1868
  • Burial Place: Gallaher cemetery, East Bernard, Wharton Co., Texas
  • Bounty Certificate: 3888
  • Donation Certificate: 424
  • Wife: Nancy Rector
  • Children: Stephen Gallaher; Joseph Gallaher; James Gallaher; Mentor Gallaher; Fannie Gallaher